A molecular switch and proton wire synchronize the active sites in thiamine enzymes.Frank, R.A., Titman, C.M., Pratap, J.V., Luisi, B.F., Perham, R.N.
(2004) Science 306: 872-876
- PubMed: 15514159
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1101030
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- PubMed Abstract:
Thiamine diphosphate (ThDP) is used as a cofactor in many key metabolic enzymes. We present evidence that the ThDPs in the two active sites of the E1 (EC 126.96.36.199) component of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex communicate over a distance of 20 angstroms by reversibly shuttling a proton through an acidic tunnel in the protein. This "proton wire" permits the co-factors to serve reciprocally as general acid/base in catalysis and to switch the conformation of crucial active-site peptide loops. This synchronizes the progression of chemical events and can account for the oligomeric organization, conformational asymmetry, and "ping-pong" kinetic properties of E1 and other thiamine-dependent enzymes.
Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, UK.